Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Pattern Play

I've always wanted to play around with this Chiang Mai fabric by Schumacher, so what better way than to play around with some fabric samples, virtually of course.

The Chiang Mai shown here is in the Alabaster colorway. I love all of the jewel tones mixed with black and grey - teal, coral, gold, emerald - such pretty colors.

I've put together a high ($$$) and a high/low sample for you. I could play around with these combos forever - I'd love to play with the teals and the cranberries (so many options, so little time).

All fabrics on the left are by Schumacher. Sally in Lime and Scallop in Black are part of the collaboration with Studio Bon, all of which I'm a huge fan. They are so much fun, colorful, and bold.

If you're willing to splurge on some fabric for maybe a pillow or drapes but want to save in other areas, then the high/low option on the right would be perfect. On the right, I've added Premier's chipper in charcoal and Islander ikat in lime, both of which can be ordered through Fabric.com. I'm a big fan of the chipper fabric and would highly recommend it. It's affordable, good looking in person, and the perfect large graphic print. We actually have it on pillows in our living room which is where I first became smitten with the fabric.

So what fabrics are on your radar these days? Do you have a go-to fabric that you recommend for projects that is always a hit?

{2012 Goal: Notice my addition of graphics to my fabric board? One of my goals for 2012 is to improve my editing and enhancements of my design boards, so this was my first attempt at playing with Picnik. Do any of you use Picnik?}


  1. Love this idea and fabric.com is a go to for me. I love the Dwell fabric section. You did a good job matching the high and low, in fact I think I prefer the low!

  2. I am in love with the Chang Mai fabric Holly. I first saw it on an episode of Design Inc. and have been smitten ever since. Beautiful pattern combinations Holly, both high and low.

    I'm pretty taken with Ikats lately. I love anything graphic, but I love an Ikat's artful nature, so I really loved your "low board".

    I ordered Duralee's Kalah blue last year to make curtains and I'm still in love with it, but I do keep coming back to the black and white Chipper pattern.

    Great post.

    Have a great day!

  3. Chiang Mai has always been one of my favorites, so many options to use with it! Love your idea for high/low post, maybe it will become a regular?? :) Such a nice job on your selctions!

  4. I agree that this would be a fun regular post! There are so many expensive "to the trade" fabrics that are absolutely beautiful, but I like how you can recreate the look using a mix. Premier Prints always has fun, trendy fabrics that I like. I've been trying to add more text to my pics as well and have been using picnik for the last few months. I like it and it seems easy to use. I haven't paid for the upgraded membership. Have you?

  5. Great job! I love the idea of showing a high/low option. I always revert back to a large chevron print. I know we see it everywhere, but it always gets me! And I haven't tried picnik yet, but have always wanted to "write" on my boards and never knew how. I'll give it a try! :)

  6. I love the Chiang Mai fabric a lot, and I actually prefer your low choices! If I was buying, I would be saying, 'lucky me'! I am so impressed by your effort to keep learning and how hard you're working at sharing all this with us on your blog. I haven't tried picnik... yet! But I just might one of these days :-)

  7. I certainly wouldn't be disappointed if I had to settle for your "low" option! Fantastic choices.
    I just recently discovered picnik and love it. Where has it been all my life?!?!

  8. Great combinations! Chiang Mai is such a great fabric to play with - you could go in so many directions.

  9. Fun Holly! Love your choices and like others, I am drawn to the Premier fabric selections, both for the look and the price. I think it is nice to have a splurge fabric and have the rest be budget friendly. The graphics are a nice touch too...I need to check out Picnik {in my spare time}! :- )

  10. I just won the Chiang Mai Dragon Aquamarine on Ebay! I am dying to get my hands on it! The fabric possibilities are endless and I am having a hard time narrowing them all down! {hugs}

  11. Great to meet you today! Lovely blog!

    Oh, did you see the announcement that Picnik is shutting down in April after being bought by Google?